Mistake #1: Putting essential appliances in another room
Take the freezer, for example, which is always a tricky one when planning the layout of a kitchen. If you’re not going for a built-in fridge freezer, it’s tempting to hide your freestanding freezer in a utility room across the hall, or even in your cellar.
The thinking behind this is that you’ll hardly use it compared to other items in the kitchen, but the opposite can be the case. The ability to check the freezer to see what you’ve got in, and to easily freeze leftovers, is a must-have in a modern kitchen – and you will almost definitely get sick of traipsing across the hall or up and down stairs to access the freezer.
Mistake #2: Not making use of ceiling height
If you’ve got high ceilings, it is a mistake not to include more storage space up there. Some people think that because they can’t easily reach up to shelves in high cupboards, that there’s no point in having them. However, every kitchen has items that are used, but not very often (for example, tableware for Christmas) and this high-up storage is perfect for those. This will free up space for your most-used items down below, and if you need to access anything, a cute step-stool kept nearby should do the trick.
Mistake #3: Fitting kitchen islands in too small a space
Kitchen islands themselves are far from a mistake if you have the space to comfortably fit one in and have lots of room to work around it. However, if you don’t have the space, your island can end up obstructing the workflow between essentials such as the fridge, cooker and sink. It can also create bottlenecks, clutter and cost you unnecessarily.
Mistake #4: Putting your sink front and centre
It’s a modern trend to have hobs and sinks in island units and breakfast bars, but it can turn out to be the wrong move. Sinks in particular can end up very messy with dirty dishes and splashes, and this unfortunately would be the focal point of the whole room if placed in an island unit.
Mistake #5: Leaving no space for the bin
While essential, waste and recycling bins are far from attractive, so you don’t necessarily want them on display. It would be a mistake to forget about bins when planning the layout, or to shove them in another room (see Mistake #1 for how annoying that can be). You should leave enough space for them to be tucked away somewhere, or consider a dedicated built-in solution.
Remember – just as crucial as the layout is the fitting of your new kitchen. To end up with a finish you are proud of, rather than regret, contact expert kitchen fitters A&J Kitchens.